Drogba: Liverpool's Salah Is Becoming A Boss
Didier Drogba: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Is Becoming A Boss
Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba has praised newly crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah for his performances this season.
The Ivorian striker won the coveted award back in 2009, and played alongside the Egyptian at Chelsea in 2014.
Drogba believes his former teammate is playing with confidence he never had at Stamford Bridge, and is now showing that he is "becoming a leader" for club and country.
"He's becoming a boss and a leader – we've seen it in the national team and seen it at Liverpool," he told the BBC.
"I can tell by his celebrations that he knows what he's doing now, he's not going crazy but just sticking his tongue out to say, 'Yeah, it's me.'
"He's unpredictable, he can dribble past you easily, and he has got stronger, and he can score goals
"There was a time when he was texting me: 'I don't score, I don't know why.' I said: 'It is just a matter of time and confidence.'
"When you have the confidence, everything can happen, and you can see now that he is scoring goals.
"I saw how he improved through the years. He had to go to Italy to perform and then come back to England show that he is the player we always believed he was
"What he has done with the national team as well, being able to qualify the country in a tough game, I think he deserves it."
The 25-year-old has made 24 appearances for the Reds so far this season, scoring 19 goals and assisting a further six strikes.
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